Considering that the 2011 Emmy Awards ceremony was, by all accounts, a perfectly fine, not-so-eventful telecast, it's fitting that the ratings for the Fox-produced show are also totally okay.
According to early Nielsen numbers, the 2011 Emmys were right on par with last year's NBC-produced telecast. TV By the Numbers reports that Sunday's 63rd Annual Emmy Awards garnered a 4.2 rating among adults 18-49, up from last year's 4.1. Although the total number of viewers was slightly down (12.4 million versus 13.5 million), it's still a pretty strong performance.
One thing to note: The 2010 ceremony was held earlier, which means that Sunday Night Football wasn't on yet to compete with the awards show. Last night, football grabbed a 9.2 adults 18-49 rating and 21.5 million viewers. But what would Fox's ratings have been like if the Emmys had been held at the end of August?